Topical Questions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 14th July 2014.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 14th July 2014

I do not know who writes this stuff, but what has happened is very simple. We have got the defence budget under control. We have set up the armed forces committee, which comprises the chiefs of the individual services, and we have allowed them to set the priorities for requirements in the military equipment programme. As headroom becomes available, we accept their advice on the urgent priorities. They have identified a package of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance measures, which they consider now to be the highest priority for defence expenditure, and that is what we have announced today.